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Community Supported Agriculture: CSA Programs

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A CSA is a subscription program in which community members pledge to suport a farm or group of farms by paying a fixed fee for a weekly box of fresh produce or other farm products.  This mutually supportive relationship between local farmers and community members helps create an economically stable farm operation in which customers are assured the highest quality products, often at below retail prices.  In return, farmers are guaranteed a reliable market for a diverse selection of crops.  Here is a list of the 2012 CSA programs offered by our members.

Bloomington Area CSAs


 

A Cook’s Garden CSA by Heartland Family Farm
Teresa A. Birtles
(812) 797-6274
heartlandfamilyfarm@comcast.net
www.localharvest.org

Incredibly flavorful heirloom and European varieties of fruits and vegetables.  Our CSA is specifically directed toward people who love to cook in season with a variety of products.  Each week brings you a basket full of produce and herbs so you can create wonderful meals!

Drop sites: Feast or North Bloomington (Wednesday);  Heartland Family Farm Home,  Bedford, (Wednesday);  Bloomington Community Farmers Market (Saturday);  Bloomington Winter Farmers Market (Saturday)
Growing method: Naturally grown without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.  We honor the land.
Number of weeks: Summer CSA – 24 weeks;  Winter CSA – 10 weeks
Start date: Summer CSA – May 9, 2012;  Winter CSA – October 17, 2012
Share size: Full share feeds 2 adults and 2 children; half share 1-2 people
Cost: $600/full share; $325/half share; $375/winter share
Extras: Egg Share, Flower share, Newsletter and recipes, Special Cooking Events
Delivery: $5 /week


 

Core Farms CSA
Andy Hamilton
(812) 339-5006
corefarmscsa@musgraveorchard.com
www.corefarmscsa.org

Core Farms CSA has made the connection between farmers and families starting our eighth season. We have added a food buying club for our families, providing a wholesale/bulk natural foods option also.

Drop sites: Musgrave Orchard Farm Markets – Pick-up: Wed. 2:30pm to 6:30pm or Sat. 10:30am to 2:30pm
Growing method: Local organic, transitional, and conventional
Number of weeks: Summer share: 20 weeks; Winter share: 10 weeks
Start date: 2012 Summer share: Early-May to October; 2012 Winter share: Mid-October to Solstice
Share size: Full share feeds 2 adults
Cost: $325/half; $600/full; $1,100/two shares; $300/winter
Extras: No
Delivery: $120/season, Saturdays only


Ewenique Sheep Produce and Grains
Jennie Hoene
(812) 521-1751
jhoene@c3bb.com
www.localharvest.org / Seymour, IN

We are a local heritage farm specializing in a diverse selection of vegetables grown in a method that requires no man-made fertilizers or chemical usage.  I have lamb and Longhorn Ground beef (lower fat and cholesterol than chicken) available in our CSA.

Drop sites:  Bloomington Farmers’ Market on Saturday; Your home in Columbus and Seymour
Growing method: No man-made fertilizers or Chemical, all natural
Number of weeks
: 22
Start date: 1st weekend of June 2012
Share size: Full and half shares
Cost: $545/full share; $325/half share
Extras: Lamb and beef share available for an additional charge
Delivery
: Not in Bloomington


 

Freedom Valley Farm
Jim Baughman
(317) 508-3845
jim@freedomvalleyfarm.com
www.freedomvalleyfarm.com

Freedom Valley Farm is an all season farm located in Owen County. We use innovative techniques and natural cultivation to grow high quality vegetables and herbs year round.

Drop sites: Community Farmers Market of Owen County Spencer, IN; Smith Pike Drive in Ellettsville, IN
Growing method: Naturally Cultivated (chemical free)
Number of weeks: 20
Start date: May 19, 2012
Share size: Full size and half size available
Cost: $475/full size, $275/half size
Extras: Discounts apply
Delivery: No


 

Getty’s Creek Farm CSA
Denise & Sean Breeden-Ost
(812) 339-0550
dbreeden@bluemarble.net
www.gettyscreekfarm.com

We offer weekly shares of naturally grown vegetables and log-grown shiitake mushrooms, focusing on delicious varieties of familiar items.  We grow all our produce ourselves, 10 miles from downtown Bloomington.

Drop sites: Bloomington Saturday Farmers Market; Bloomingfoods East parking lot Wednesday evenings
Growing method: No synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, or GMOs.
Number of weeks: 26
Start date: May 5, 2012
Share size: large (2-4 people) or small (1-2 people)
Cost: $750 large, $400 small
Extras: No
Delivery: No


LIFE Certified Organic Farm
Jeff Evard & Bobbi Boos
(812) 272-3656 (Bobbi)
812-272-7450 (Jeff)
lifecsa@gmail.com
www.lifefarmcsa.com

At LIFE Farm, we really enjoy farming.  Our use of long term sustainable practices grows the healthiest, most flavorful food possible.  We appreciate the opportunity to serve and feed our members and hope to share the enjoyment of farming as much as the great food.

Drop sites: Many free sites in Bloomington & Indianapolis
Growing method: Certified organic
Number of weeks: 28
Start date: April 20, 2012
Share size: Full and half shares
Cost: $791/full; $455/half
Extras: Eggs, Cheese, Shiitakes, Bread, Coffee, Meat
Delivery: $8/week


 

Living Roots Ecovillage CSA (formerly the Center for Community Empowerment CSA)
Michael Hicks
(812) 639-3170
michael@indianacommunity.org
www.indianacommunity.org

Produce and herbs are grown at The Center’s certified organic farm and also at the Riverside Permaculture Gardens in Jasper. Includes herbal products from Moonflower Medicinals and recipes pertaining to the particular weeks produce.

Drop sites: Bloomington: Bloomington Saturday Farmers Market; Jasper: Wednesday from 5-7pm at Grounded Natural & Organic Foods
Growing method: Sustainably and naturally grown (no chemicals)
Number of weeks: 24
Start date: Mid-May 2012; Winter share available in Bloomington only: Early November to mid-December
Share size: Full and half shares
Cost: Bloomington: $625/full, $350/half; Jasper: $525/full, $300/half
Extras: No
Delivery: Bloomington: No; Jasper: $125/season


 

Lost Pond Farm
Pete Johnson & Leslie Smith
(812) 929-2219
lost_pond@yahoo.com
www.lostpondfarm.com

We grow produce using ‘no-till’ methods, and no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Our CSA includes an assortment of whatever is fresh and in season during the spring, summer and fall. We like to experiment with new, unusual crops each year (including fresh figs, edamame, and flying dragon citrus) while continuing to grow old favorites. See our website for a full list of the produce we grow.

Drop sites: Saturday mornings at Bloomington Community Farmers Market, Wednesday evenings in Bryan Park in Bloomington
Growing method: Grown with no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides
Number of weeks: 26
Start date: First week of May 2012
Share size: Share feeds 1-2 people
Cost: $350
Extras: No
Delivery: No


 

Martin Hollow Farm CSA
Jon Navota
(812) 834-5736
jono@martinhollowfarm.com
www.martinhollowfarm.com

We provide a wide diversity of fresh produce grown exclusively on our farm. We focus on heirloom and open pollinated varieties with an emphasis on superior flavor.

Drop sites: Wednesday mornings at Bloomingfoods East; Saturday at Bloomington Community Farmers Market
Growing method: Natural, sustainable
Number of weeks: 20
Start date: Mid-May 2012
Share size: Share feeds 2 adults plus kids
Cost: $500
Extras: No
Delivery: No


 

Muddy Fork Farm & Bakery
Katie Zukof & Eric Schedler
(812) 334-5814
muddyfork@gmail.com
http://muddyforkbakery.com/

Muddy Fork Farm & Bakery is committed to using locally-grown and organic ingredients.  All our whole-grain flour, honey, eggs & butternut squash are locally grown and raised.  We make our bread by hand in a brick, wood-fired oven on our farm in northeast Monroe County. A CSA share is a 10% savings off the at-market price.

Drop sites: Multiple neighborhood drops in Bloomington on Thursdays; Bloomington Community Farmers Market (Saturday) & Bloomington Winter Farmers Market (Saturday)
Growing method: We use locally-grown wheat, rye and cornmeal as well as local eggs, butternut squash and honey.  Most other ingredients are certified organic.
Number of weeks: 3 month shares (12 or 13 weeks)
Start date: January, April, July, and October
Share size: 1 or more loaves per week
Cost: $65 for one loaf per week; discount available for year-long subscription
Extras: We offer a variety of extras including fire-toasted granola, butternut squash spice rolls, focaccia and much more.
Delivery: Delivery to neighborhood drop points available free of charge.


Schacht Farm
Mandy Corry
(812) 824-6425
schachtfarm@yahoo.com
www.schachtfarm.com

Our meat CSA includes free-range chicken, grass-fed (and finished) beef and pastured pork with the option of eggs as well. The land and the animals are managed naturally, without the use of chemicals of any kind. Animals are raised outdoors in their natural environment where they are free to express their species-specific behaviors.

Drop sites: On-farm pick-up in Bloomington
Growing method: Pasture-based, grassfed, free-range, chemical free
Number of weeks
: 3 month shares throughout the year
Start date: March, June, September, December
Share size: 15 lbs. of grassfed beef, pastured pork and free-range chicken per month
Cost: $300/3 month share
Extras: Egg shares available
Delivery: No


 

Spring Hill Farm
Scott Folley
(317) 412-3700
springhillfarm77@gmail.com
www.localgrowers.org/growers/spring-hill-farm/

We provide a full compliment of greens, a variety of potatoes, sweet carrots, beets, green beans, herbs and melons.

Drop sites: Determined as needed/requested
Growing method: Natural, pesticide/herbicide free, with some permaculture features
Number of weeks: Approximately 25 weeks
Start date: Mid-April 2012
Share size: Share feeds family of 4
Cost: $770/share; Barter and limited workshares are available
Extras: Eggs, pastured chicken and turkey, flowers, firewood, hay
Delivery: Determined as needed/requested


 

Stranger’s Hill Organics
Ben Smith
(317) 625-2901
csa@strangershillorganics.com
www.strangershillorganics.com

As the oldest continuously certified organic farm in Indiana, our ethic is to produce nutritious food in a way that promotes a healthy environment, community, and economy. We grow a wide variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers on our beautiful, historic farm.

Drop sites: Tuesdays 4-6pm at the Westside Bloomingfoods; Thursdays 4-6pm at the Eastside Bloomingfoods; Tuesdays or Thursdays after 3:30pm at the farm
Growing method: Certified organic
Number of weeks: 22
Start date: early May 2012
Share size: Full share feeds 3-4 people; half shares feeds 1-2 people
Cost: $650/full; $375/half
Extras: No
Delivery: No


 

WE Farm: The Wayne-Egenolf Farm
Josh Egenolf & Laura Beth Wayne
(812) 649-1641
josh@wefarmlocal.com
www.wefarmlocal.com

WE Farm is in eastern Owen County just 25 minutes west of Bloomington.  We lease 150 incredible acres of pasture and forest on which to raise grass-fed beef, free-range poultry, and woodlot and pasture-raised hogs with no chemical, genetically-modified, or pharmaceutical inputs.  We provide meat and eggs that are wholesome, healthy, sustainable, and just plain delicious.

Drop sites: Harmony School (909 E. 2nd Street)
Growing method: On the farm, we focus on ecological management, all-natural husbandry (no antibiotic/hormones), animal welfare, and grass-based organically-principled production. We are committed to our principles and are pouring our energy into building the healthy soils, nutritious forages, and humane infrastructure needed to husband our incoming cattle, hogs, and poultry as an ecological community.
Number of weeks: Quarterly Sessions – One pickup a month for a period of 3 months– beef and pork (year-round); poultry meat seasonally (Summer/Fall), chicken eggs (year-round).
Start date: April 2012
Share size: Various options depending on seasonality, family budgets, and family preference (both in terms of the type, proportion, and cut of animal). Visit www.wefarmlocal.com for details.
Cost: Dependent on Package Choice (multi-species packages (combo of poultry, pork, beef); pork only packages; beef only packages; and poultry only packages). Prices available at www.wefarmlocal.com
Extras: Eggs now available
Delivery: Yes, monthly delivery of meat will be made to Harmony School. Eggs will be delivered to Harmony School on a weekly basis.

 

Indianapolis Area CSAs


 

Farm Indy
John Ferree, Todd and Kathleen Jameson
(317) 373-4081
csa@farmindy.com
www.farmindy.com

FarmIndy grows a wide variety of vegetables for the CSA.  Our shares are customizable, we have payment plans and you can opt out for vacations. Formerly Seldom Seen and Balanced Harvest Farms.

Drop sites: Many sites in the Indianapolis Metro Area at no additional charge. Also, Franklin & Danville.
Growing method: Certified Naturally Grown
Number of weeks: 21
Start date: June 1, 2012
Share size: Full and half shares
Cost: Variable, you chose your payment level
Extras: Fruit, Eggs, Meat
Delivery: No


 

LIFE Certified Organic Farm
Jeff Evard & Bobbi Boos
(812) 272-3656 (Bobbi)
812-272-7450 (Jeff)
lifecsa@gmail.com
www.lifefarmcsa.com

At LIFE Farm, we really enjoy farming.  Our use of long term sustainable practices grows the healthiest, most flavorful food possible.  We appreciate the opportunity to serve and feed our members and hope to share the enjoyment of farming as much as the great food.

Drop sites: Many free sites in Bloomington & Indianapolis
Growing method: Certified organic
Number of weeks: 28
Start date: April 20, 2012
Share size: Full and half shares
Cost: $791/full; $455/half
Extras: Eggs, Cheese, Shiitakes, Bread, Coffee, Meat
Delivery: $8/week


 

Valentine Hill Farm
Maria Smietana
317-439-0714
maria@valentinehillfarm.com
www.valentinehillfarm.com

Our CSA offers a variety of seasonal vegetables, fruit, herbs and microgreens/shoots plus a weekly recipe newsletter. Subscribers can also add on a share of our baked goods and pastas.

Drop sites: Traders Point Creamery, Broad Ripple, Indianapolis City Market
Growing method: Chemical-free, sustainable methods
Number of weeks: 7-week spring and winter seasons; 21-week summer season
Start date: April 7, June 8, and November 3
Share size: Small share feeds 2 people, large share feeds 4 people
Cost: Spring and winter: $118/small, $204/large; Summer: $370/small, $550/large
Extras: Share of our baked goods and pastas can be added
Delivery: No

 

Columbus Area CSAs


 

Ewenique Sheep Produce and Grains
Jennie Hoene
(812) 521-1751
jhoene@c3bb.com
www.localharvest.org / Seymour, IN

We are a local heritage farm specializing in a diverse selection of vegetables grown in a method that requires no man-made fertilizers or chemical usage.  I have lamb and Longhorn Ground beef (lower fat and cholesterol than chicken) available in our CSA.

Drop sites: Your home in Columbus and Seymour
Growing method: No man-made fertilizers or Chemical, all natural
Number of weeks: 22
Start date: 1st weekend of June 2012
Share size: Full and half shares
Cost: $545/full share; $325/half share
Extras: Lamb and beef share available for an additional charge
Delivery: Yes

 

Terre Haute Area CSAs


 

White Violet Center for Eco-Justice
Candace Minster
(812) 535-2933
cminster@spsmw.org
www.whiteviolet.org

We manage 5 acres of organically-grown produce for a 50-member CSA program on the campus of St. Mary of the Woods, Indiana.  In addition to our veggies, we have bees, a herd of over 40 alpacas, and, over 300 acres of certified organic cropland, 320 acres of forest and an active education and volunteer/internship program.

Drop sites: On farm pick-up and Central drop site (119 S 19th St in Terre Haute) and South drop site at Regional Hospital (3901 S 7th St in Terre Haute)
Growing method: Grown using organic methods
Number of weeks: 20
Start date: Mid-May 2014
Share size: Full and half shares available
Cost: $475/full; $275/half
Extras: Honey (when available), dried tomatoes & herbs, and other value added products as available
Delivery: No

Here is a list of CSA programs run by other growers around the state. Please contact them directly for additional information.

Indianapolis Area CSAs:

Nature’s Harvest Organics CSA (Indianapolis Metro)
Aaron Zeis, (317) 709-8319, www.naturesharvestorganics.com

Balanced Harvest Farm & CSA (Carmel & Indianapolis)
Todd & Kathleen Jameson, 317-815-9863, www.BalancedHarvest.com

Farm Fresh Delivery (Indianapolis)
(Third Party CSA), 317-598-1795, www.farmfreshdelivery.com

Victory Acres CSA (Indianapolis, Grant County, Fishers, Muncie)
Terry Himelick, 765–988–2590, www.victoryacres.org

Blooming Gardens CSA (Indianapolis, Rockville)
Samuel and Hannah Fisher, 870-240-5795

Nameless Creek Growers Association CSA (Marion County)
Cristie Wentz, 765–445–5452

Mission Berry Farms CSA (Noblesville, Anderson, Elwood, Frankton, Alexandria)www.missionberryfarms.com, (765) 620-2880

Basic Roots Community Foods (Indianapolis)
www.myspace.com/basicrootscommunityfoods, (317) 3410-0474

Big City Farms (Indianapolis)
www.localharvest.org/farms/M25614, (317) 694-4299

Batesville/Brookville Area CSAs:

FarmFresh CSA (Batesville)
812–933–0762, www.foodandgrowers.com

Pennington Hollow Farm CSA (Brookville)
www.penningtonhollowfarm.com

Muncie Area CSAs:

Ring Family Farm CSA (Muncie, Dunkirk)
Dave & Sara Ring, 765–789–4489, www.downtownfarmstand.com

Paoli Area CSAs:

PBrambleberry Farm CSA (Paoli)
Darren & Espri Bender-Beaureguard, 812–723–5259, dwren5@yahoo.com

Lafayette Area CSAs:

LongHouse Farm CSA (Lafayette, West Lafayette)
Barbara Middleton & Nancy Strack, www.longhousefarm.com 

Cooley Family Farm CSA (Lafayette)
Kevin Cooley, 765–296–8834, cooleyfamilyfarm.com

Tranquil Ridge Farm (Montgomery and Tippecanoe Counties)
www.tranquilridgefarm.com

Porter, Lake & Laporte Counties Area CSAs:

Creme de la Crop, Inc. CSA
www.cremedelacrop.com, cremedelacrop@msn.com

Bargersville Area CSAs:

Mallow Run Market Club
www.mallowrun.com, (317) 496-7692